It’s a Girl!!

I am still a little shocked by our news… when the ultrasound tech told us we were having a girl, my first question was “Are you sure?”  She confirmed, and I sat in a stunned silence, soaking up the rest of the ultrasound and staring at our newest addition on the screen with a thankful and joyful heart.  We talked on the way into the appointment, both agreeing that we were going to be happy either way and that we feel blessed to be given another life to raise.  We both were anxious to hear the dr. say that the baby was healthy and were excited about learning the gender.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t hope for a girl.  I love my boys.  And I would love another boy if that is what we were given.  But I do feel filled with joy and blessed to have been given a daughter.

Andy and I left the appointment excited and overwhelmed with joy.  We stopped and bought our little girl her first 2 dresses, and the boys each a train as a present.  I stood looking at all those little dresses, and it hit me that this is now going to be a part of our world.  The boys were really funny when we told them.  Bradford was really sweet and excited, and Chaz initially cried and said he wanted it to be a boy.  They were all really excited about their train!  They are now mostly concerned about where she will sleep, and if she will still get to share a room with them.  I am looking forward to seeing how they react to having a baby sister, and excited about all she is going to add to our family.

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Summertime Update

The summer here is following it’s usual pattern of being really hot… so we have been enjoying ourselves by spending a lot of time in the water.  The boys have started swim lessons, which are going really well and super fun for them (and us!)  Andy and I have loved watching them learn new skills and have enjoyed getting them in the pool each week.  They are a little over-confident though!  Both older boys are confident that they can swim by themselves, when really neither of them are ready for that!

We’ve had some fun playing at the beach, getting ice cream, and the boys are enjoying their summer hair cuts.  Both B and C got buzzes and Sam got a short cut for summer, which makes them all look so grown up!

Andy put on a week-long summer camp for the youth group kids, which was a huge success.  He has also preached this month and rocked it!  So it has been fun and exciting to watch him excel in his job and do such great work.  We go tomorrow for an ultrasound to check up on the new baby, and will find out what the gender is… so that is exciting!

Here are a few pictures from the past couple of weeks…

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A trip to Atlanta, 2 weddings, and a lot of fun family time

We just got back from a trip to Atlanta, which was a whirlwind of fun and activity.  We always leave feeling thankful for the richness of the family relationships we have there, and recalling the memories made and fun had.  It never feels like we have enough time to see everyone that we would love to see! We started off the trip by going to a friend’s wedding and catching up with some good high school friends.  Then we got to spend the week enjoying connecting with family members and being a part of the wedding festivities for my sister-in-law, Hannah.  We are so thankful for the time we had with members of each of our families!

The boys had a great time hanging out with their cousins and grandparents.  They loved swimming in the cousins pool:DSC_0250 DSC_0257 DSC_0259 DSC_0262 DSC_0275 DSC_0278 DSC_0283 We had a great visit with Grammy and always cherish the time we get with her:DSC_0284 DSC_0292 The boys loved exploring in the woods at Pop and Riri’s house, getting to roast marshmallows, and loved spending time with their grandparents and cousin, Olivia:DSC_0298 DSC_0301 DSC_0304 IMG_2174 All the 4 year old’s got to be the ring bearers and flower girls in Aunt Hannah’s wedding.  They all did an awesome job, and were so sweet and adorable:IMG_2190 The flower girls at the Bridesmaids lunch:IMG_2192 We had a fun night out as sisters celebrating Hannah before the wedding:IMG_2194 Hannah was a beautiful bride!:IMG_2197Congrats to Hannah and Gordon!!!  We were honored to be a part of her big day and loved all the wedding festivities.